Body in White Geometry Measurements of Non-Rigid Components: a Virtual Perspective
Paper in proceedings, 2012
Increased use of virtual assembly tools within automotive industry places new demands on available geometry information. Unfortunately, the measurement results of non-rigid components depend heavily on the locating schemes used in the measurement fixtures. Non-rigid component measurements are mostly performed in an over-constrained condition, describing the shapes of the parts as presented in assembly processes or as mounted on nominal products. With these kinds of measurements, there is an information loss regarding the actual springback shapes in the stored historical geometry data. Knowledge about the components' shapes after springback is vital for virtual non-rigid fault propagation analysis.
The objective of this paper is to show the possibilities for presenting the measurement results of components as they were over-constrained, even if the parts were measured in a constrained condition (in practice limited constrained). The aim is to minimize the information loss, to spare measurement resources and to allow for better use of inspection data in assembly simulations. Predicted over-constrained measurement results in the presented cases bear reasonably good resemblance to measured over-constrained conditions when the two are compared. The ability to present both constrained and over-constrained results from one measurement setup will spare measurement resources and improve conditions for further virtual analysis and support. Furthermore, the presented cases verify the use of Method of Influence Coefficients (MIC) in the clamping step.